Athena, the former Ember Moon made her shock AEW debut at Double or Nothing confronting Jade Cargill and fellow newcomer Stokely Hathaway.
At AEW Double or Nothing Jade Cargill defeated Anna Jay to retain her TBS Championship. However, her victory was far from straightforward.
Despite holding a clear power advantage, Cargill was unable to make quick work of her rival as she had hoped. In response, there were shenanigans galore as seemingly half the AEW locker room came to get involved. First up were the Baddies who were on the receiving end of a double-DDT by Jay. With the pair out of action, Mark Sterling hobbled to the ring, crutch in hand, distracting the referee, throwing it into the ring.
Although the plan didn’t quite work out, as Jay intercepted the weapon and nailed Cargill for a near-fall. The end of the match came after former WWE star Malcom Bivens, better known as Stokely Hathaway made his AEW debut coming to ringside. His presence was enough of a distraction for Cargill to grab the win.
As everyone posed in the ring, Athena made her shocking debut arriving on the scene to confront the undefeated champion to a huge ovation.
The former Ember Moon was released by WWE on November 4th, initially returning to the independent scene.
Speaking in April about her WWE tenure, the star discussed being told to dress “sexier” and more like current NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose. Athena explained that things went “downhill” after Triple H was forced to take a leave of absence from the brand due to ill health.
Ahead of Double or Nothing, AEW Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa singled out Athena as someone who she would like to defend her title against.